French supermajor TotalEnergies has made a “massive” oil discovery with its Venus-1 wildcat offshore Namibia, Upstream has been told.

There are well-founded suggestions that this ultra-deepwater structure in 3000 metres of water could be a multi-billion-barrel oil discovery, further confirming an earlier Upstream report that the initial results from the wildcat were positive.

The Venus probe represents another game-changer for Namibia’s government, which was already on a major high after Shell made another huge oil find with its Graff-1 probe just to the east.